Here I sit, underneath the covers of my bed (where I had planned to veg out all evening). However, after a text from a colleague asking for some technological Twitter help, I got sucked into the Twitterverse and my dormant teacher brain quickly booted up again.
This text ended up being the catalyst to a suddenly productive evening. Buckle up for this (time-stamped) retelling…
7:52 p.m. – receive text from colleague
A staff member at my school had a question about using our new school hashtag (which you should check out at #HBCSpride). I quickly checked Twitter to investigate the problem.
7:55 p.m. – reply to text from colleague
After finding the solution to the problem, I replied to my colleague’s query. However, this was only the beginning of my foray with Twitter for the night.
7:55 p.m. – 8:18 p.m. – scrolling through Twitter
While I love Twitter as a way to connect with other educators, I am still working on finding time to actually scroll through it. Since I was already on the app, I decided to sift through some of the latest tweets in my main feed, on #HBCSpride and #saskedchat. I had previously been toying with the idea of moderating a summer Twitter chat (thanks to a gentle suggestion from @kwhobbes) and came across the sign up sheet.
8:19 p.m. – take the plunge and sign up to moderate my first Twitter chat
8:21 p.m. – document this occasion in 21st century fashion by tweeting about it
Now I was past the point of No Return. I was in full-fledged teacher summer PD planning mode. Somewhere in the next 10 minutes, I ended up thinking, “Hey, if I’m going to host a Twitter chat, I might as well sign up for a summer SPDU event, too, right?”
8:31 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. – look up options for SPDU events offered over the summer, choose one I’m interested in, decide to ‘go for it’ and register
Everything was going lickity split, tickity boo, smooth sailing so far! This was easy! But the next part of my journey almost made me give up…
8:55 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. – battling with MySTF to change my password
Yes, you read that correctly. 20 minutes of attempting to change my password. I would compare these gruelling 20 minutes to the Trials of Hercules:
Labor 1: Find the heinously complicated password STF set up for me in the fall written on a note (You know the ones that are a random mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols that you don’t even know how to find on your keyboard? Yeah. It was one of those).
Labor 2: Correctly type in the heinously complicated password STF set up for me.
Labor 3: Realize that the heinously complicated password STF set up for me is only a temporary password and now I must come up with my own heinously complicated password.
Labor 4: “Error: Password must not be a word from the dictionary.”
Labor 5: “Error: Password must contain one uppercase letter.”
Labor 6: “Error: Password and password confirmation do not match.”
Labor 7: “Error: Password must contain your mother’s maiden name, one hieroglyph, the first concert you attended, one Chinese character, the name of your first pet, and one Wingding.”
9:19 p.m. – Successfully sign up for “Playful Experiences for Early Literacy and Much More”
9:20 p.m. – 9:31 p.m. – decide to sign up for the #saskedchat Summer Blogging Exposé
Changing a password isn’t a pre-requisite skill to blog, right?
9:31 p.m. – relay the damage of my teacher brain rampage to my ever-supportive mom
Me (and I quote): “I tell ya, once I’m on a roll, I’m on a steamroll.”
Mom: “When you’re productive, you’re productive :)”
[subtext: “When you’re lazy, you’re REALLY lazy!”]
9:31 p.m. – 10:31 p.m. – write up my first Blogging Exposé piece/the epic tale of my evening
Now, I apologize to those of you who are following the Blogging Exposé, because you’re probably wondering, “At what point in this post does she actually address this week’s topic?” (which is Summer Reads, by the way). Well, you’ve made it, to this completely underwhelming blip on the radar that is the actual topic of this week’s Blogging Exposé.
What I Plan on Reading This Summer
Long story short, one of our division’s Coordinators of Learning (and also head of the ECE programs in the division – check her out here) very kindly lent me an entire stack of resources focused on early learning, the project approach, inquiry, Reggio Emilia, etc. to peruse for the summer. I apologize, because I have left all of them at my summer home (not my school year home) and can’t name them all for you now. But I will try my very best to give you some updates when I get around to reading them (amidst all of the other teacher-geared activities I have managed to plan for myself in one night – haha! Don’t worry though, I pencilled in plenty of time for relaxing, recharging, and recuperating as well.).
Stay tuned to continue to follow me on my journey as a teacher in the summer months.
Until then, keep steamrollin’!
TL;DR – Even when I plan to take a night off, I don’t. I have some exciting PD opportunities coming up this summer.